Texan William Speir is the only player to have broken through the six-figure chip stack after day one of the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better event in Las Vegas last night.
Speir holds 115,300 in chips, while Albuquerque’s Steven Serock will return tonight on 99,800. David ‘Doc’ Sands, of Vegas, has 94,000, Uruguay’s Fabrizio Gonzalez sits on 90,300 and Tom Chambers, of Chicago, has 82,800.
Event #51 attracted a remarkable 946 players – which is 99 up on last year – to create a prize pool of $1,227,100, with every one of those entrants aiming to follow in 2010 champ Steve Jelenik’s footsteps by picking up the gold bracelet and the $268,235 top prize.
But, again, some big-name pros were eliminated before 10 levels were played, and included the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Jonathan Duhamel, Greg Raymer, Mike Matusow, Marcel Luske, Eric Baldwin, Daniel Negreanu, Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan and Phil Laak.
However, others did make it through to day two, with Joe Hachem, Erik Seidel, Erick Lindgren, Alexander Kostritsyn, Alex Wice, Kathy Liebert and Alexandre Gomes all return this evening in the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Top 10 chip leaders after day one of the WSOP 2011 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better event:
1. William Speir (USA) – 115,300
2. Steven Serock (USA) – 99,800
3. David Sands (USA) – 94,000
4. Fabrizio Gonzalez (Uruguay) – 90,300
5. Tom Chambers (USA) – 82,800
6. Alexandre Gomes (Brazil) – 81,000
7. Robert Campbell (USA) – 74,100
8. Dau Ly (USA) – 70,800
9. Bryce Yockey (USA) – 70,300
10. Michael Greco (UK) – 68,900